Conductive Education Trust Waikato has worked with hundreds of families who have sought support, information and progress for their children, just like you. For over 30 years and through a range of programmes, our specialist staff motivate young children to be actively involved as they learn functional, daily-living skills toward creating the building blocks for richer, interactive, and more independent lives.

Relationships & Community

At the heart of our service, lies the trusting relationships we form with families, with the children we see, and with the team of professionals from our wider community. We recognise the importance of families coming together, sharing experiences and supporting others and that the ‘team’ working together each brings knowledge and skills to contribute.

Empowering Learning

Conductive Education embraces holistic development. Our services provide support and education that empowers the family as a whole. We create individual and group programmes offering opportunities to maximise every learning moment. We challenge tamariki using their own motivation to achieve goals in a way that opens doors to creating a better quality of life.

Collaborative Approach

Whilst we provide specialist services, including therapies and equipment, children accessing our service maintain access to medical clinics provided by the Child Development Centre (CDC). This means that with your consent, we can liaise with the staff at CDC to ensure that information is shared collaboratively enabling best outcomes for you and your child.

Our Team

Our Centre is staffed by a multidisciplinary team. Qualified Conductive Practitioners (specialist teachers of motor disordered children), Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Paediatric Physiotherapist, Speech & Language Therapist Early Intervention Teacher, Early Childhood Educators and supporting staff.

We provide individualised therapy, Group learning environments and community liaison. Each child and family have a Key Worker, supported by our multi-disciplinary team, who work collaboratively to identify the needs of the child and family to collate an individual learning plan.

Melinda Ladonyi
Melinda Ladonyi
My name is Melinda Ladonyi and I am a qualified Conductive Practitioner.
I completed my studies at the International Peto Andras Institute of Conductive Education for the Motor Disabled and
Conductor-Teacher Training College Budapest, Hungary in 2010.
I have been working at Conductive Education Waikato Trust in Hamilton since March 2013. Previously I worked in Norway
and in the UK, with babies and children with CP, syndromes and various other motor delays.
I believe in the power of having a multidisciplinary team and a range of various therapies to support the children learn and
develop new skills. I have a special interest in hydrotherapy and providing sessions as part of children’s therapy input. I
completed AustSwim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety in 2017 to support provision of hydrotherapy sessions.
Conductive Education is a unique, holistic, hands on therapy that provides carefully planned play situations to support children with special needs to reach their full potential while playing and having fun.
Jo Brennan
Jo Brennan
Jo Brennan grew up in a large family and has always loved playing with children and watching them develop while having fun. She gained her Diploma in Early Childhood and worked at Campus Creche in Hamilton and after ten years she opened her own Centre – Tots Love Country on the edge of town. Another ten years later she and her husband and four children moved to a drystock farm in Tauwhare, where she continued relieving at several Centre’s including Conductive Education. She liked the children, their families and staff so much she gained her Diploma in Early Intervention so she could stay, and has now been here for nearly eight years.

Jo is currently attending the Incredible Years Teacher Management Training.

Arzeen Cooper-Boyd
Arzeen Cooper-Boyd
My name is Arzeen and I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Auckland 9 years ago. I have recently joined the Conductive Education team. My previous work experience has been in the mental health and
disability sectors. I have worked with people of all ages and have worked in clinical and non-clinical settings. In my previous job, I worked with people who lived in their own homes or in residential services and required interventions for physical, intellectual or sensory challenges. I am passionate about paediatrics and child development and enjoy working with children and helping
them with increasing their learning and doing what they love to do. I have a special interest in sensory processing and have completed a post graduate qualification and certification to increase my skills and knowledge around providing sensory modulation, discrimination and integration assessments and interventions. I am enjoying working in a multidisciplinary team that is dedicated to the families and children it works with.
Natasha Griffiths
Natasha Griffiths
My name is Natasha Griffiths. I am a qualified ECE Teacher. I have always been passionate about wanting to work with young children. I believe strongly in giving all children the opportunity to develop to their full potential regardless of ability. I really enjoy working here at Conductive Education, every day is different with the children and I love the programme with small groups and one to one teacher ratio. Conductive Education is a unique centre where children, their families and the teaching staff work together to help children develop to their fullest potential.
Nikolett Biro
Nikolett Biro
My name is Nikolett and I am a qualified Conductor. I graduated at the Andras Peto Institute of Conductive Education and Conductor Training College in Budapest, Hungary. I have experience working with children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, brain injury, spina bifida and other motor disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders and behavioral disorders, from ages 3 and up. Previously I have worked in the United States, UK, Hungary, Italy and I am very excited to start working at Conductive Education in Hamilton.

I believe that the children are capable of so much and our responsibility is to help them along the way of their progress every day to reach their full potential. I consider the holistic approach to rehabilitation and habilitation essential and hold this work as my life’s calling.

Vicki Coddington
Vicki CoddingtonCentre Manager
My name is Vicki and I am an Occupational Therapist. I have had a number of roles,
working in both mental health and physical health settings in my 20 year career as
an OT. I am passionate about ensuring that the support people receive is holistic,
collaborative and client/whanau driven, to ensure the best outcomes possible.
As Centre Manager at Conductive Education Waikato, I support our team to meet
the needs of the children and families who share their journey with us, and it is a
privilege to do so. In addition, I work to ensure the long term viability,
responsiveness and sustainability of our organisation so there is choice in provision of services for tamariki and whanau within the Waikato region.
My name is Sarah. I am the administrator for Conductive Education Waikato. I
absolutely love working with kids, and initially trained as a Primary School Teacher.
I have a keen interest in Special Education, and working with families. I am a mum
of an active primary school aged boy.
Tamara Matthews
Tamara MatthewsECE Teacher
I have been an ECE teacher for 5 years now, working mostly with the infant and toddler age, which I have a passion for.

My husband and I have 2 children with a third on the way. We enjoy a lot of outdoor play, reading, singing, art and sensory play aswell as things like baking and doing chores together. These are all fun learning activities that allow children to learn alongside others as well as express themselves and have a chance to lead their own learning.

I love the time I spend with the children here at Conductive Education, supporting their learning, as I am learning lots from them while we have fun together.


Our supporting staff play a vital role for children attending both in our centre and in the community. They work as a team to support the practitioners as they implement the goals for each child within centre based programmes. Some support staff provide learning support for individual children in community Kindergartens/Early Childhood Education Centre’s as Education Support Workers (ESWs). This both implements and extends the goals our service identifies, whilst enabling the children to develop socially with their peers.


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